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Le 11 mai 2015 à Paris 13, INALCO

When the Chinese and Tibetan Missions Converge

Chers amis, chers collègues,

Nous vous rappelons qu’aura lieu la semaine prochaine une conférence en anglais de Mr Tenzin Jinpa dans le cadre du Cycle de conférences SFEMT 2014-2015, à laquelle nous avons le plaisir de vous convier:

le lundi 11 mai 2015 de 15h à 16h00 à l’INALCO (65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris, Salle 3.15) :

« When the Chinese and Tibetan Civilizing Missions Converge: Politics, Identity, and Social Change on the Sino-Tibetan Border »

Tenzin Jinba (Professeur d’anthropologie et de sociologie à l’Université de Lanzhou et chercheur associé au CEH, CNRS)

Dans le cadre du projet ERC “Territories, communities, and exchanges in Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands” (ERC Starting Grant No. 283870)


Based on both fieldwork and archive research on Sichuan’s Sino-Tibetan borderlands and building upon my first book: In the Land of the Eastern Queendom: The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border, my new book project aims to identify the historical trajectory of encounters of the Chinese and Tibetan civilizing missions. I will use the case studies from the Qiangzu and Gyalrongwa – two ethnic communities in this region. They illustrate how the clashes and convergences of these two missions are instrumental in engendering the present situation with regard to the two groups’ mutual relations and intra-group divergences as well as to their interactions with the Chinese Party-state

Tenzin Jinba did his PhD in Anthropology at Boston University and completed his postdoctoral research in the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. He is currently a Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Lanzhou University, and research fellow at the Center for Himalayan Studies at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) for the ERC-funded project “Territories, communities, and exchanges in Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands” (2014-2015). He works on border politics and identity, gender and ethnicity, state-society relations, nature and politics, and cross-cultural encounters.